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Dreaming Big

Joseph is seventeen years old when we meet him in Genesis 37. The age when we just want to be loved and accepted for who we are, right? Joseph may have worn a coat of many colors, but he was hated for who he was. He was his father's favorite son. His mother was his father's favored wife. Rachel was a beauty and loved by Jacob. When she gave him a son in his old age he was proud as a peacock. 
See, Joseph's coat wasn't just a gift because his father loved him best. It was given to him because he was now his father's heir. All the brothers had coats. Their coats were made with the purpose of them staying warm as they worked the fields. Joseph's coat was to show his place in the family. 
Can you imagine how Joseph must have felt? Just maybe he wanted to be little brother who was loved and accepted. Sure, I have always heard pastors preach on Joseph's life during this time as if he were prideful and arrogant. But just what if it was the opposite? He has ten ol…

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Wow! One of the best novels I have read in quite a long time. Where have I been that I have not read more work by this exceptionally gifted writer? Mike Nappa nailed this novel in so many ways. 
It was the cover of this book intrigued me and of course I love reading works penned by authors who are new to me, so when I seen this for review I had to see what it was all about.
It is categorized as Fiction/Suspense, but this novel holds so much more than just suspense. The characters are so well written. Their lives penned in black and white on these pages, but through Nappa's use of words and expression their lives are before us in living color. 
This is one of those novels that would make a great television series! But for those of us book nerds, paperback is even better. Nappa had me in the first pages. I hated to have to put this book down and carry on with my daily activities. I couldn't wait for some extra reading time to get back into this story. 
I'm so thankful Nappa…

I Miss You, Dad

I had never prayed before. On a late night in the month of April I laid at the foot of my father's hospital bed, listening to his shallow breathing. Every few minutes a loud buzzer would go off and a nurse would rush in as if she could save my dad. That night I laid in the floor and begged God, a God I had yet to know, to either heal my dad or take him from this earth. 
I can still go back to that prayer. Tears flowing. My heart pounding. I counted my dad's breaths and wondered if there would be another. I begged God, "Please, God. Can You hear me? Please hear me. Heal my daddy tonight. Take this cancer from him. Allow him to breathe again. If You cannot do that for me then please take him. Please, God, don't make him suffer another night." My dad would spend three weeks in that hospital bed. 
I was nineteen. A young woman, but still so much just a girl. A girl who refused to believe her daddy was dying. No way! My dad would be here forever. God wouldn't tak…

An Appetite of Regret

I have opened chapter twenty-five in Genesis and I find something so interesting that I never realized before. We always hear stories of how Jacob took advantage of his twin brother, Esau, but there's so much more to grasp. Such a powerful lesson to learn here that goes far beyond Jacob's actions and more so to Esau's actions. 
Let me back up. Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons. We learn that Jacob was a favorite to Rebeka and Esau was Isaac's favorite. {Genesis 25:27-28} Can we really have favorite children? I can't say that I have a favorite child. Maybe we can relate to each of our children in different ways. Our children take on characteristics of each parent. We find as our children grow that they each take on different loves of each parent. There's always something that makes each child stand out, but to have a favorite? For me that answer has to be, no.
Maybe this is where the  beginnings of their brotherly angst toward one another started. We learn that in…

Our Forever North Keeps Us True

A writer is always pondering where the pen will go next. Hubs and I drove past this and had to go back to get a shot. I found this so profound.
"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5
Immediately I thought of each step we take and how we need to be so focused with Jesus that we measure each step by His Word. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
A reminder that He is our Forever North and our Compass to lead the way. By His promises we know He  will never lead us astray, but always point us in the right direction for our good and for His glory. He will forever keep us true.
"Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established." Proverbs 16:3
"To discern God's will, a person must first be determined to do it. More frequently, Christians try to determine it befor…

We Are Not Alone In Our Trials

Abraham and Sarah were great-grandparent age when they had Isaac. A hope and a promise made to them in God's perfected timing. Don't you just love when His will is uncovered for us? When we finally get to see His promises come to fruition is as much a relief as a joy. But we don't always want to wait with patience. Too often, just like Sarah, we want to take things in our own hands and manipulate circumstances to get what we want when we want it. 
God had already promised Sarah and Abraham a son, but Sarah didn't want to wait. It had already been so very long. Her hope was diminishing. If we could only wait on God. It's about that time when all hope seems lost that God once again reveals Himself to us in miraculous ways. 
As soon as Isaac is born Sarah no longer wants Hagar there. She wants Hagar and Ishmael to leave. She seems heartless and uncaring. She just wants them gone. She now has what she wanted all along. At first she thought she could manipulate life an…

Sweet Mercy

Abraham and Sarah living a life of faith in an area of depravity. Sodom is filled with evil. Sin prevails throughout this land, but Abraham and Sarah are living the example of faith in a place where hope seems sparse. But here is Abraham seeking mercy on the righteous of this land. There must be righteous men here. Oh, the hope of Abraham for his fellow man. He's willing to intercede for them. He's willing to stand before the Lord and ask for mercy for a people who chose to seek self desire instead of the God of hope. 
In Genesis 18 I find God's mercy throughout this chapter. Here we see the intercession of one man asking for mercy for the hearts of man. Man that is so undeserving. Abraham is speaking to the Lord on behalf of the people of Sodom. Abraham's heart is mighty here. Where is our heart for this lost world? How often do we go to the Lord on behalf of another asking for mercy upon them? 
To start this chapter we see something remarkable. Abraham and Sarah are…

Sweet Intercession

Just think about the blessings that would flow if we interceded for one another? Oh, the sweet prayers of others on our behalf. That's what Christ's love is. Standing in the gap for another. 
Imagine the sound within heaven's gates where continual prayers are being spoken and heard for others? Brothers and sisters in Christ and those we know who have yet to come to receive Jesus as their Savior? 
Those midnight wakings of having someone you haven't thought about for quite a while come to mind. Pray.
Sitting in traffic and looking over at the driver as they wipe tears from their eyes. Pray.
Those we pass in the super market with hurried steps and aggravation upon their faces. Pray.
The friends we know going through such tragedy and trial. Pray.
Those co-workers who we know going through tough times. Pray.
Children on their way to school. Pray.
The accident we pass by as we go about our day. Pray.
The new opportunities for a friend. Pray.
The test results awaiting for another. Pra…

Faith by Lyn Cote

This is the third and final book in the Quaker Brides series. This book follows, Honor and Blessing. At the time of my reviewing this novel I wasn't aware it was a part of a series, so one could very well read this as a stand alone and walk away blessed just as I have done. 
The year is 1858. The Civil War is beckoning all on either side to war. The Western Theater is where Lyn takes us on a journey into the land of slavery, battles, and the ugliness of gunfire. No family is safe from this war. All hearts are forever changed. There is one who is ready to take a stance and that is Faith. She is strong and compassionate. A woman for all to admire. A character portrayed with great detail and passion.
Lyn Cote writes with such depth and inspiration. This is a story that will go deep and reach into your gut as Lyn allows us to glimpse into the lives of those who are living this war in every aspect. If you love historical fiction you will be absorbed into another time and place as you …

Room For Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Buffalo Creek Kansas 1936 is where this story begins. The cover is what caught my attention and then after reading the back cover I knew this was going to be an unforgettable story, but then again knowing Kim Vogel Sawyer penned these black and white words lets the reader know they are in for something spectacular.
Some stories take a few chapters to hook the reader. Not Kim's novels. I was completely enthralled in this novel within the first chapter. I love historical fiction during this time period, but also a story of strength, survival, and faith. All this and more is found within these pages. An unputdownable for sure! This just may be my favorite novel yet penned by this gifted writer. 
Can you imagine being married to a man you think you know through and through and then the day comes when you realize you never knew him at all? This story is about trust, deception, and grace. Oh, the sweet grace this main character shows. If I could be half the woman that Neva Shilling is I…